Pleurotus ostreatus

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Pleurotus ostreatus

12 August 2008 Essex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Oyster Mushroom

Cap

Tongue or bracket shaped, smooth, margin inrolled, cream, pale brown or dark grey, to about 20 cm across

Gills

Decurrent, broad, white to cream

Stem

Lateral, +/- woolly at the base, whitish

Flesh

Firm, white

Smell

Pleasant

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In clusters on living and dead wood, usually from deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

Pale lilac

Microscopic Features

Spores elongated ellipsoidal to cylindrical, smooth (7.5-11) x (3-4) µm2

Edibility

Edible and good

Notes

Take care not to confuse with Pleurotus cornucopiae. This species is widely cultivated in the UK and elsewhere